Sunday, June 1, 2014

Week 69 - May 26 - June 1, 2014

Tuesday (kayobi) we biked (jitensha de) to the YMCA for a Japanese (Nihon no) practice class.  This is a picture of the room we work in.  There are sometimes other students with their tutors working there also.  Wednesday we went to the International Center (Kokusai Kouryou Kaikan) for another Japanese Class and then taught Eikaiwa.  We also taught an Eikaiwa class in the evening at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Thursday (mokuyobi) we drove to Nobeoka for an apartment check.  It is a three hour drive on mountain roads.  I have been trying to get a good picture of this tunnel.  This is the tunnel near the Tusjunkyo bridge. It is not uncommon to have beautiful artwork displayed at the entrance of tunnels in Japan.
This picture was taken on the return trip.  It is the other side of the same tunnel and is of the Gorogataki Falls which is a little ways down stream from the Tusjunkyo bridge.
The Elders live in a newer apartment building that does not have the usual tatami mat floors.
They had a very clean apartment; as a result, we had the pleasure of their company for lunch.  They choose to take us to a local restaurant that served the famous Nobeoka nanban chicken.
Nanban means "Western European or South-East Asian" style.  We were given a very tasty Nobeoka special recipe spicy sauce to dip the chicken into before eating.  The sauce was not to spicy though.
On Friday (kinyobi) we picked up the zone leaders from a junkai for a doctor appointment at the  Tokaigakuenmae Train Station.  It is the train station closest to our apartment.  The train bringing the Elders is in the station in this picture. 
Saturday (doyobi) we went with the Kumamoto Sister to deliver a surprise birthday cake and then enjoy the Hawaiian Party sponsored by the Nagamini Ward.  We had very delicious chicken, potato salad, fresh fruits and a panipopo bread. 
 The party was for ward members, Eikaiwa students and friends.  Akemi made a beautiful crocheted lei for me and brought a hibiscus flower for my hair.  The right/left ear where the flower is placed tells observers your marriage status.  It was a very fun activity for all that attended filled with the traditional Hula dancing, Tongan Hakka dance, ukulele singing and much more.. 
Scripture of the Week
John 8:34
Jesus answered them, verily verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.



Delirious said...

Looks like you are enjoying the local food, and getting a hang of using chopsticks! :)

Katie said...

Food in Japan is really good. I am getting good with chopsticks. I can even turn bacon with them or should I say use them for cooking. Amazingly, I find, some things easier to eat/do using chopsticks.